Once again, we are faced with that eternal question - is Elisabeth Hasselbeck an idiot or does she play one on TV? Given her support for a Christian group baptism, held on a public high school football field, the answer seems pretty obvious!
On paper, Elisabeth Hasselbeck appears to be educated with a degree from BostonCollege. So one is forced to ask how she could attain that level of educational achievement, yet continue to say, as she did on this morning's Fox & Friends, stuff that is clearly batshit crazy - so crazy that even reliably idiotic Brian Kilmeade didn't support her!
Today's Algonquin roundtable (just kidding) discussion, featuring Hasselbeck, Kilmeade, and Koch brothers tool Pete Hegseth, was a pre-game baptism of 18 public high school students and a coach on a Georgia public high school football field. Obviously, this has serious First Amendment ramifications and, as such, the school is looking into it now that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted the school. And that's where Jesus' BFF's come in.
The banner framed the Fox message that this is "Faith Under Fire" as Hasselbeck provided the back story complete with the requisite mention of an evil atheist group which is "demanding action." (She didn't mention that the ACLU has also commented on this.) As she spoke, the Fox banner informed is that "God" is "On the Goal Line." Hasselbeck noted that "this is a cause of much critique from those who don't believe." (Hey Elisabeth, even "believers" are appalled by violations of that First Amendment that you love so much when it comes to Christian bakers!)
Pete Hegseth, a Princeton grad who obviously isn't familiar with the many court decisions regarding prayer in public schools, made the bogus claim that the 1st Amendment only pertains to a government establishing an official religion and this baptism is merely "a beautiful expression of faith on a voluntary basis." The banner reminded us about how these filthy atheists hate Jesus: "Spiking Spirituality, Atheists Demand No More 'Illegal' Events." More framing of the agitprop with "Faith on the Field."
Hasselbeck, who has no problem with public school sponsored prayer, reminded views that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group frequently pilloried by Fox, has complained. She opined that because baptism "is an act of will," the students weren't coerced so it was all good. (If Hasselbeck and constitutional scholar Hegseth did a little research, they might discover that the Supreme Court has ruled that football games and prayer don't mix.)
Ignoring the constitutional issues, Brian Kilmeade explained team dynamics and how, if a student didn't want to participate, they might feel pressure. Hasselbeck showed more of her genius when she commented that football players "pray all the time." She mentioned that all the football teams, on which football player husband played, always prayed. Kilmeade, amazingly, said that even if you're a devout Christian, "you're there to play sports."MENSA member Hasselbeck asked "what argument are you going to make, oh no, my kid loves God and is going to love other people."
So Fox & Friends' resident savant says football players pray all the time. Does that mean she would be OK with a Muslim imam conducting a pre game prayer service on a public school football field? Somehow I don't think so.....
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